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Neo-Amish Digital Dropouts

Via Greenflame – Check out this post by Kevin Kelly on "Neo-Amish Digital Dropouts." Seems like the closer you are to totally plugged in, the closer you'd be to wishing to unplug entirely.  In my life it feels like I ride through surges of intense connectivity followed by spates of…

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Text Messages Not Destroying Formal Language

Via the LanguageHat blog: David Crystal of the UK Guardian writes: "Research has made it clear that the early media hysteria about the novelty (and thus the dangers) of text messaging was misplaced. In one American study, less than 20% of the text messages looked at showed abbreviated forms of…

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A Professional Religion Writer With Zero Understanding Of Catholic Beliefs About Communion

And it seems, very little respect for the beliefs and traditions of other people. These would be traits one would expect to be present in greater quality and quanity in a professional religion writer. Washington Post/Newsweek writer Sally Quinn on taking communion at Tim Russert's funeral: "Last Wednesday at Tim's…

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En Route

Via 802Online … Vermont Red Cross volunteers blogging as they travel to Lousiana to assist in the relief efforts.

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Hurricane Relief In Vermont

Vermont emergency management officials are collecting non-perishables at a number of locations around the state today and tomorrow. I stopped by the one in Montpelier, on the State House lawn, this afternoon, to snap a picture for the Rutland Herald and Times Argus Web sites. The energy was intense, and…

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Hurricane Relief

Watching/reading the coverage about Katrina

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Gazpacho, Paella, Sangria and Flan

A summer feast; tastes of Spain via the Rutland Herald.

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A Good Review of Constantine

Well, I had to look hard for it, but I turned up a good review of the new Keanu Reeves movie Constantine. Wanted to see it, from the first trailer but every review I saw panned it … until I saw this one. Jeff Otto at http://filmforce.ign.com says it’s, "An…

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Do You Feel Holy, Punk?

Slate Asks: "Do You Feel Holy, Punk? – Keanu Reeves, as an Exorcising Dirty Harry, in Constantine"

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Great Site For Literature, Writing

WebDelSol.com says of itself: "a collaboration on the part of scores of dedicated, volunteer editors, writers, poets, artists, and staff whose job it is to acquire and frame the finest contemporary literary art and culture available in America, and abroad, and to array it in such a manner that it…